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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

MickyTheIdiot Fine.. (313 comments)

...just don't let them put nuclear waste up there. You don't want it to rip itself out of orbit.

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

MickyTheIdiot Re:this shit is infuriating (139 comments)

Sometimes those criminals are even made governor of a state.

Rick Scott...

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

MickyTheIdiot Re:In most of the world... (139 comments)

oh.. ok. It's all right then. Never mind.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

MickyTheIdiot $108 million penalty (139 comments)

That equates out to like a $5 fine for those outside of the corporate bubble...

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Well excuse me... (1112 comments)

So you have to be gay to be pissed off about this?

I'm straight. I'm pretty pissed off about the huge (and loud) number of people that think that making a group of people second class through law is a good thing. It's not just about gays, either.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Can't fire a Nazi? (1112 comments)

...and like a typical member of today's Right, freedom is right there for the buying. As for everyone else.. you're all right, eh Jack?

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:I May Not Agree (1112 comments)

I hate this strawman, and it's coming up time and time again.

This isn't a "personal belief" or "opinion." This isn't someone who like brunettes over blondes. This isn't someone who doesn't like chocolate or who even doesn't like smokers. This is the belief that a group of people should be second class to another group of people.

If someone stands up and says "I don't like gays" it is one thing. When someone stands up and says "we should take rights away because I don't like these people" it's quite another thing. I am pissed off about the latter. It's the difference between thinking the person is a jerk and thinking the person is detrimental.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Fuck him and the rest of the Republicans (1112 comments)

If you are required to not be a fascist or a communist to have a job, is that a political litmus test?

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1112 comments)

Theorize: if the guy was suddenly found on record of being in support of pedophilia would this thread be happening?

Can "cannot lead" equate out to "is not fit to do his job" or "cannot do his job due to distraction."

Mozilla did a piss poor job by choosing a bigot to run an organization like this, anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Lol... (1112 comments)

This is reality for many in corporate surfdom today.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Lol... (1112 comments)

Only if you are affluent.

If you are a nobody, H.R. would make up something or wait until a minor infraction and can you.

And you'd have no recourse... because the company said it was for cause and there is no proof otherwise.

However, if you are affluent and a public person you can fight back.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

MickyTheIdiot Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1112 comments)

If he was a mid-level to low-level employee then there would be no debate. The company would make something up and that would be the end of it.

I guess there is yet ANOTHER advantage of affluence.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

MickyTheIdiot Re:Time to shoot theses elderly fucks in the head (141 comments)

Scalia should be impeached for prejudging cases.

Thomas should be impeached for open and obvious conflict of interests.

Roberts is an idiot, but I am not sure he's technically done anything wrong. And I read today that Kennedy had roots in the lobbyist industry.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

MickyTheIdiot Re:Utterly gutless (141 comments)

They just need more time for their corporate puppetmasters to tell them what to do.. that's all.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

MickyTheIdiot Re:Constitutional Court (141 comments)

Not only are they a court purchased by corporate interests, they are intellectually weak and the lack any courage to do the right thing.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

MickyTheIdiot Re:Lest we forget.... (509 comments)

Don't listen to anyone that assumes this is a party-based phenomenon.

We have the worst of worst in ALL positions of leadership.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

MickyTheIdiot Re:Sure the comment was stupid but ... (509 comments)

I'm sure with 438 men and women in Congress, stupid things get said everyday.

Understatement... it's what's for dinner!

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

MickyTheIdiot Re:AGW Jihadists are the culprit (509 comments)

I'd listen if you didn't have to take a hard right line and make a strawman out of every "liberal" position.

Liberal in quotes since you obviously mean it as a pejorative here. Search/replace liberal for "asshole" and your meaning stays the same.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

MickyTheIdiot Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

I think you're maybe half right.

We have a little less than half of the people that throw up their hands and give up because it is just so dumb.

We have another group at a little less than half that are so worn out with work, the 3 kids society said they should have, the junk they spend their money on, etc.. etc.. that they don't have the time to pay attention.

So you have 2% that are pissed off that our leadership is dumb as hell and are willing to fight the idiocy. And that's not enough.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

MickyTheIdiot Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Corporations are not private businesses. It's the creation of a fictional entity to do business under that acts as a shield.

Saying they can have a religion is not only silly, but it's hypocrisy. They want all the pros of operating in that "legal fiction" state and none of the cons. If you want to be a public corporation then don't bitch when the public come to you.

about two weeks ago

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One strike against No Fly List, more scrutiny to come.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about 8 months ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "The Jurist reports: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case are 13 US citizens who were denied boarding on flights over US air space after January 2009. Judge Anna Brown hasn't ruled on the constitutionality of the No Fly List yet, and has instructed the attorneys involved to present a roadmap for deciding the remaining issues, but the she has acknowledged that the No Fly List is as a major burden to those on the list and they have the right for that status to be reviewed."
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Facebook marks all Wordpress.com posts as spam during debate on NHS changes.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Facebook seems to have stepped up to a new level (or low) of corporate censorship. The Wordpress.com blog Scriptonite Daily has been posting on bills being debated in the U.K. House of Commons that could cause a large amount of the U.K. National Health Services to be privatized. The debate has gotten surprisingly little coverage and has not been featured on BBC, Sky, or other U.K. media outlets. Facebook quickly started marking the post as spam and requiring to Captcha to share the article. Later it started to remove the share button completely for the article, and finally it started to remove the links to the NHS debate post itself as well as all the times it was shared. Facebook now seems to be adding spam messages to all Wordpress.com post links ("Facebook thinks this site may be unsafe. If you're not familiar with it, please provide feedback by marking it as spam"), and is starting to cause problems (like constant calls for Captcha) for other unrelated sites like Geoff Wessel's Atypical Comics."
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Hugo Awards UStream stopped for "copyright infringement"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Viewers using UStream to watch the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday were surprised when Neil Gaiman's acceptance speech for his award for his "The Doctor's Wife" Doctor Who script was cut off by a message that said "Worldcon [the UStream account name] banned for copyright infringement." How in the world was a live awards show perpretrating copyright infringement? They weren't. Gaiman's speach was preceeded by clips of his episode and other clips nominated for this year's Hugo award, all of which were cleared to be used during the awards ceremony. However UStream's copyright bots killed the broadcast because the clips matched copyrighted material. There was no response from UStream about the problem and the stream was never able to be continued. As of now UStream has not even responded for to complaints about the stream being removed. DMCA fear strikes innocent people again!"
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"My Sister is the Zelda Gymnast... and she's a lifelong gamer."

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Of course we didn't get to see it in the US because of the #NBCfail, but many people were pleasantly surprised to hear one of gymnasts did her floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda theme songs. Kotaku has the story behind the gymnast and the routine."
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Why businesses hate free markets

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "After this week of horrible disappointment with the FCC's limp-wristed handling of net neutrality, this Bloomburg Businessweek article sees through the smokescreen and calls out one of the biggest hypocrisies in the U.S. today: big businesses crying not wanting regulation in the name of the free market but making every effort to limit competition in any way possible (including capturing regulatory bodies so they can make up their own rules). With so many regulatory bodies captured by the industries they are supposed to regulate are we really still living in a free economy?"
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TSA Solution: ban electronics.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Part of TSA's great (read reactionary) solution to the dumb terrorist incident on Christmas: turn off wi-fi, TV, phones, and other communication devices in the last hour of flight. This is in addition to the other reactionary measures such as "not keeping items in your lap for the last hour of flight" and being escorted to the toilet. It is apparent our security in the U.S. is run by lunatics."
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"Pirate Finder General"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wow. From BoingBoing: Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988). What that means is that an unelected official would have the power to do anything without Parliamentary oversight or debate, provided it was done in the name of protecting copyright. This is corptocracy.

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